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The Glenlivet

After the 1823 Excise Act, George Smith became the first distiller in the Highlands to obtain a license for distillation and, in 1824, he established The Glenlivet on what was once a farm distillery called Upper Drummin. Many of the neighbouring distilleries were illegally run and involved in smuggling. They became indignant, for George Smith was running Glenlivet by legal means. Such was the tempest of their fury, George had to carry a pair of pistols for protection.

Originally 'Gow', the family name became the more Anglo-sounding 'Smith' following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1746 defeat at the battle of Culloden. The Gows changed their name to escape the resultant subjugation which ensued. The Glenlivet has always been a name associated with quality, to such a degree that other distilleries would use the name, no matter how distant they were from the Livet glen. To help preserve his brand, George Smith’s son, John Gordon Smith, applied for sole rights to the name, which were granted in 1884. The name still crops up elsewhere. However, by law, other brands must hyphenate it with their own names and cannot use it solely.

Glenlivet was bought by Seagram in 1978, alongside a selection of other Scotch whisky distilleries. In 2001, Pernod Ricard and Diageo bought Seagram and dividing the assets between them, with Pernod Ricard taking the Scotch division (including Glenlivet) and renaming it Chivas Brothers.

Under this new ownership, as part of a £10 million investment, an extension with an additional mash tun, eight washbacks and 6 stills was opened by the Prince of Wales on 5 June 2010, with the capacity of the distillery increased by 75%, to 10.5 million litres per year.

In the spring of 2018, the distillery released The Glenlivet Code, inspired by famous British codebreakers in a bid to test consumers’ knowledge of single malt whisky, accompanied by an interactive digital experience. In summer the same year, a new extension of the distillery was commissioned bringing the total capacity to 21 million litres of alcohol.

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.1%

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 37 Year Old 1974 (Cask 5247) (Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 46%

This Glenlivet is packing an impressive thirty-seven years of cask ageing and was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London. Glenlivet has been legally distilling whisky since 1823 and…  More info

Glenlivet 37 Year Old 1974 (Cask 5247) (Berry Bros. & Rudd
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Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 47.6%

This thirty-eight year old Glenlivet was bottled in 2012 without chill filtration by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (cask 10658) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 48.6%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in 1973 before a 38 year maturation in a single cask (number 10658). It was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012 and it comes at natural cask…  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (cask 10658) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1981 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 49.1%

A fabulously well-aged Glenlivet, bottled courtesy of North Star Spirits! The single malt was distilled in 1981, and spent nearly four decades of ageing in a hogshead. After 38 years it was bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1981 - North Star Spirits

Glenlivet 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.4%

Single cask Speyside whisky from the Glenlivet distillery. This was distilled in February 1970 and aged for 39 years in cask number 2003 before bottling in September of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for…  More info

Glenlivet 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1968 (cask 2834) - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

75cl, 42.3%

40 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky here from Duncan Taylor's Peerless independent bottling range. The whisky was distilled in April 1968 and left to mature until October 2008, when it…  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1968 (cask 2834)  - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%

This is a 40 year old, single cask, cask strength (even though it's 40%, it wasn't diluted, it came out of the cask at this strength) Glenlivet, aged in a bourbon cask. This was distilled in 1970 and…  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.9%

From Duncan Taylor's Legendary Peerless range, this 40 year old Glenlivet was distilled in 1970, and bttled at cask strength. Everything from the Peerless range is super-aged in either bourbon,…  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.8%

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.5%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was distilled in 1968 and matured for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor.  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53%

Strictly 1 Per Customer! From the Berry Brothers & Rudd Exceptional Casks range, which was introduced in the latter half of 2014, comes a very well aged Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, taken…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.8%

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 12/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 43.1%

To celebrate its 30th anniversary Signatory bottled up some incredible whiskies, including this 45 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery! Now that's how you celebrate! The whisky was…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 12/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.4%

This Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky certainly fits the bill for Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection Ultra, a range of incredibly well matured, independently bottled whiskies. It was…  More info

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Glenlivet 64 Year Old 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 41%

An impressively well-aged Glenlivet, bottled at a smashing 64 years old. After it was distilled in 1954 (the very same year that Ian Fleming published Live and Let Die, don't you know), the single…  More info

Glenlivet 64 Year Old 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

20cl, 45.9%

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45.9%

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
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Glenlivet 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 901043) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

9 year old single malt from the ever-dependable Glenlivet distillery, drawn from a single first fill Sherry butt! Said Sherry butt was filled in October 2006 and cracked open in August 2016 by…  More info

Glenlivet 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 901043) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Smith's Glenlivet 12 Year Old 1969 (Peter Dominic)

75cl, 40%

A delightfully retro bottling of Glenlivet whisky, distilled in 1969 and bottled 12 years later in 1981. This particular bottle was produced for Peter Dominic Ltd. in London. This bottle was part…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 12 Year Old 1969 (Peter Dominic)

Smith's Glenlivet 15 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a fifteen year old Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's distillery label range. Glenlivet is perhaps the archetypal Speyside with many distilleries previously calling themselves Glenlivet…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 15 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail
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